Mary Harris

Co-Host and Health Reporter

Mary Harris appears in the following:

A Three Year-Old Girl, a Colony of Dogs, and One Very Rare Side Effect

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When a little girl stops sleeping through the night, her doctor has to get to the bottom of a medical mystery that turns out to have big implications for scientists around the world.


Fentanyl Contributes To Record Drug Overdoses In New York City

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

New York City is about to reach a milestone in drug overdoses. By the end of 2016, it's expected that more than 1,000 people will have died of overdoses. One reason for the spike: the drug fentanyl.


New York City Hits Grim Benchmark This Year: 1,000 Overdose Deaths

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New York City started tracking deaths by drug overdose in 2000. This year, the number hit a record high.


A Better Flu Shot

Friday, December 09, 2016

Why is the flu shot so ineffective? It can be better.

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One Microbiologist's Quest to Fight the Flu

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

While medical and drug experts admit the flu shot could be better, the work to create a better vaccine has been left largely to one scientist in New York City. 

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Thanksgiving Table Talk

Monday, November 28, 2016

You went, you ate, you talked, you gave thanks -- but did you fight? We take calls from listeners about your Thanksgiving table talk.

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How to Survive Thanksgiving in Six Easy Steps

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The election hangover is casting a pall over some holiday tables. We've got advice. 

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Call-In Special: Pass the Politics

Friday, November 18, 2016

With less than a week before Thanksgiving, Brian Lehrer takes calls and counsel on how to handle potentially charged discussions.

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Many Parents Reluctant To Test Newborn DNA For Disease Risk

Monday, October 31, 2016

We're getting closer to the day when doctors can check a baby's entire genetic code to look for diseases that might develop during childhood or even later. But some parents are reluctant to do these tests.


Would You Want To Know The Secrets Hidden In Your Baby's Genes?

Monday, October 31, 2016

A study offering the parents of newborns a scan of thousands of the baby's genes raises a big question: Do you want this kind of information on disease risk in your child's permanent record?


Just Say Maybe: Should Kratom Be Banned or Not?

Monday, October 17, 2016

An effort to ban the potent leaf known as kratom by adding it to a federal list of dangerous drugs has met stiff opposition from users and scientists who say it deserves a closer look.

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Three Parents. A Lot of Questions.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In a medical first, doctors in New York reported they helped a woman have a child with genetic material from three people.


We Read the Candidates' Medical Letters. Here's What We Found.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Over the last week, Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton have both released medical letters from their doctors testifying to their fitness to serve.


Candidates' Medical Records: Often Revealing, Always Guarded

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Presidential candidates often leverage lax requirements to skirt important medical information.


Transgender Teens Travel To N.C. Gender Clinic, The Only One In The South

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

While a heated debate continues about North Carolina's "bathroom bill," a clinic in the state is helping transgender teenagers transition. It's the only gender clinic in the South for teens.


I’d Rather Have a Living Son Than a Dead Daughter

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed HB2, the "bathroom bill." But the state is also home to one of the few clinics for transgender kids in the South.

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Five Things I Learned When I Got Swabbed for Science

Thursday, July 28, 2016

When host Mary Harris volunteered her microbes for a study by the American Museum of Natural History, she got a sneak peek on the preliminary findings about the healthy microbiome.
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Growing Up "Ugly"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Robert Hoge was born with severe defects; growing up, he had to get used to people calling him “ugly.” This week, Robert reflects on the lie we all tell ourselves: looks don’t matter. 

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Germaphobic or Germagenius?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

We go on an urban safari with a scientist to find out about the microbes around us. 
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Yes, Simba, Chimps Laugh

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Is laughter really the best medicine? We go to a laughter yoga class, an improv workshop for doctors and nurses, and talk to brain scientists about why humans laugh in the first place.